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Berlin’s infrastructure: History to go

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Timothy Moss

A ‘walkshop’ around Berlin’s water and energy infrastructures.

In this guided tour, the historian Prof. Timothy Moss takes you on a journey along the pre-1920 border of Berlin and Charlottenburg demonstrating how our city has been shaped by its often invisible infrastructure. Together, you will pass six sites of energy and water technology, such as a power station, steam storage facility and former gasworks, where you can learn how they have been used as tools for urban expansion, unification, protection and modernization over the past 100 years.

The tour takes about 3-4 hours and covers 4-5 km from Alt-Moabit to Charlottenburg. Questions and answers can be continued during a visit to a restaurant afterwards.

The tour is not barrier-free. No technical equipment needed.

For those who shy away from the long walk or the grey November weather, Timothy Moss has recorded the whole tour in German and English, and the audio tracks can be listened to independently of the live tour (in English; in German)


This is an in-person event. If you would like to attend, please book your spot by 7 November with timothy.moss@hu-berlin.de. Please note that the number of participants is limited to 15.

Timothy Moss

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

[DE]: Timothy Moss ist Wissenschaftler am Integrativen Forschungsinstitut zu Transformationen von Mensch-Umwelt-Systemen (IRI THESys) an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Seit fast 30 Jahren erforscht er die Infrastruktur von Städten in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart.

[EN]: Timothy Moss is a senior researcher at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He has been researching the infrastructure of cities past and present for almost 30 years, with a particular interest in their political mobilization.

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